In the blink of an eye, these new friends of mine had everything they purchased, collected, received, and built in their first year of marriage stolen from them. Keepsakes lost. Heirlooms taken.
Here's what it taught me about generosity.
We sat around a table for brunch on Easter Sunday last year. There were way too many of us to try and actually fit around said table so we turned the love seat around and tried to squeeze everybody in.
We laughed and we ignored social media and we shared stories because that's what friends make you want to do. It was perfect.
But what about the work it takes to get to this place with people?
I'm confident we are only scraping the surface of what it means to dive into authentic community, contribute to it, and watch what happens when everyone involved works out of the strengths of everyone else participating.
But what are the signs of authentic community you should be looking for before you invest yourself so deeply? Here is a short list...